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Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

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Rutgers students create educational game designed to help girls 11-14 learn programming and technology skills in Rutgers Makerspace

The president’s daughter has been kidnapped. “This is where you come in,” read the typewritten, terse instructions. “You are the chosen one. The fate of Sasha’s life is in your hands. If you choose to accept this, open the enclosed briefcase.”

The story is fiction, thankfully – but the briefcase is real. The small metal box unlatches to reveal a miniature computer, display and cables, along with instructions to create a spy camera to help solve the kidnapping.

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Gifted Education’s Future Will Be Explored Nov. 19 At Rutgers Conference For Educators, Parents

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Keynote speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska to describe challenges facing field in an ‘age of standards and accountability’

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers will explore the unique challenges of educating the most gifted students in a classroom at the second annual Gifted Education conference for education professionals and parents on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Conference keynote luncheon speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska, professor emerita and founding director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary, will describe “Challenges Facing Gifted Education in this Age of Standards and Accountability.”    


Where Were You At 62? Court Reporter Finds Her Own Words Through Rutgers Degree Earned Off Campus

Patricia Florio of the Rutgers Class of 2005

Patricia Florio spent an entire career as a court reporter writing other people’s statements.

But all along, the writer inside of her wanted to put her own words down on paper.

And at age 62, when many contemporaries were calculating Social Security payouts, Florio earned her bachelor’s degree through Rutgers Off Campus Programs to help launch her second career as a writer.

When she worked in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., Florio had to painstakingly assure that every word was recorded correctly, for legal purposes. “On the job, and through someone who proofed my work, I learned how to become a perfectionist,” said Florio. “And that is very much required when you're a court reporter.”

Florio also had experience as a freelance newspaper reporter, giving her the background to launch her writing career. But she felt she needed the confidence that a college degree would provide.


With a Head Start at Age 9, Summer Scholar Georgette Burrell Taking the Fast Track to Rutgers

Image of Georgette Burrell, her mother, Michele Burrell, and her grandmother, Eunice Burrell

Georgette Burrell took her first college biochemistry course at age 9. Now 13, the Asbury Park youth is already eyeing her dream school: Rutgers University, where she wants to study oceanography with a minor in journalism.

When she hits campus for her summer courses, Georgette often arrives with an entourage: her mother, Michele Burrell, and her grandmother, Eunice Burrell.

“We usually come as a trio, and it’s funny because it’s three generations,” said Michele Burrell.“I was not going to just leave my 9-year-old!”

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Rutgers Leadership Coach Finds His Hip-Hop Beat

Rutgers Leadership Coach Finds His Hip-Hop Beat

As a pharmaceutical industry leadership development professional, Bejoy Philip draws insights from a novel source – his alter ego, the rap artist named Wize.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, Philip lived the hip-hop dream, performing on weekends as Wize and producing five albums from 2006 to 2011. By day, he was a project manager and process engineer in the banking industry, but he found his avocation as a musician “almost was an alter ego.”

Philip lived in two worlds – until a move into leadership development enabled him to combine his two passions: inspiring others with words and music, and developing people and organizations in the business world.



Student Chooses University Inn Path Less Traveled, And It Makes All the Difference

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Unearthing a Buried Treasure, Part II: Student’s Vision for Trail Renovation Enabled by Fellow Students

The Arbor Trail is located behind the University Inn and Conference Center on the Douglass Campus. Rutgers purchased the property in 1965. The Inn is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the trail will have its grand re-opening on Rutgers Day 2015 on April 25, as part of the Inn’s anniversary celebration. Student volunteers will give tours of the trail and there will be giveaways of wildflower seed mix.


How to Lay a Concrete Paver Patio or Walkway: A Lifetime of Expert Tips & Shortcuts Shared in 2 Short Days

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So you just installed a paver patio.  Stand back and admire your work.  It probably looks pretty decent right now.

But wait a few months. Or a year.  Let one good winter pass.  Now how does it look?

What Can Go Wrong When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

“A lot of pavers look good when they first go in,” said Alex Burke, instructor in Rutgers’ Concrete Pavers class.  But when an installer doesn’t really know what he is doing, the ill effects will show within a year.  

“After you’ve gone through the winter and had time for settling, that’s when you start to see problems,” explained Burke.  “It might be frost heaving, settling or problems caused by difficult site conditions, like clay soil.”


Newark Mayor Cory Booker Honors OCPE's TEEM Gateway

Newark Mayor Cory Booker presented a Mayoral Proclamation

On October 1, Newark Mayor Cory Booker presented a Mayoral Proclamation to honor Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway as "one of the city's great organizations” for its work building productive futures for the at-risk youth of Newark and beyond. Proudly receiving the acknowledgment was Kenneth M. Karamichael, Director of T.E.E.M. Gateway, a division of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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Get the Best of a 4-Year Food Science Degree in Just 5 Days at Rutgers This August

An instructor teaches students about food products in the Introduction to Food Science five-day short course at Rutgers.

Kimberly Smith had been working for only two weeks as a process engineer when she found herself struggling with an entirely new language – the lingo of food chemistry and microbiology.

“It was like a foreign language,” said Smith, who helps manufacture soups and other foods at Campbell’s Soup.

Last summer, she radically improved her fluency with an intensive five-day Introduction to Food Science class, offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) at Rutgers University.

“The course helped me understand the basic language of food product development,” she said.  Now she can better talk the multi-disciplinary talk that all good food scientists must master.


OLLI-RU Slates Summer Classes in Art, Music, Film and More for Learners 50+

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – New courses on rock operas, Woody Allen, and vaudeville-inspired musicals will be among the offerings of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) this summer. Registration begins May 6 for the session, which starts June 4 in Highland Park and June 5 in Freehold.

Classes will be offered Tuesdays, June 4 through July 2, at The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; and on Wednesdays, June 5 through July 3, at the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center at Brookdale Community College, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold.  

The noncredit courses are taught by current and retired instructors from area colleges, including Rutgers, as well as high schools. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required to enroll.

Courses cover a wide range of subjects, including, art, film, music and current affairs, with specific courses ranging from Mosaic Art, to Computer Basics, to Discovering Natural New Jersey.